A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol ( 1843 ) by Charles Dickens is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge , who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one evening.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Stave 1: Marley's Ghost
- 3 Stave 2: The First of the Three Spirits
- 4 Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits
- 5 Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits
- 6 Stave 5: The End of It
- 8 External links
Introduction [ edit ]
- I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.
Stave 1: Marley's Ghost [ edit ]
- Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
- Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
- Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.
- External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often ‘came down’ handsomely, and Scrooge never did.
- "Bah!" said Scrooge, "Humbug!"
- I should have liked, I do confess, to have had the lightest license of a child, and yet to have been man enough to know its value.
- "Merry Christmas ! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough." "Come, then," returned the nephew gaily. " What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough. "
- "If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"
- But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
- "At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, ... it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir." "Are there no prisons?" "Plenty of prisons..." "And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?" "Both very busy, sir..." "Those who are badly off must go there." "Many can't go there; and many would rather die." "If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."
- "Why do you doubt your senses?" "Because," said Scrooge, "a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are! "
- "Man of the worldly mind!" replied the Ghost, "do you believe in me or not?" "I do," said Scrooge. "I must. But why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me? " " It is required of every man ," the Ghost returned, " that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world — oh, woe is me! — and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!"
- "You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling. "Tell me why?" " I wear the chain I forged in life ," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?" Scrooge trembled more and more. "Or would you know," pursued the Ghost, "the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago. You have laboured on it since. It is a ponderous chain!"
- "Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"
Stave 2: The First of the Three Spirits [ edit ]
- "Who, and what are you?" Scrooge demanded. " I am the Ghost of Christmas Past. " "Long Past?" inquired Scrooge: observant of its dwarfish stature. "No. Your past." Perhaps, Scrooge could not have told anybody why, if anybody could have asked him; but he had a special desire to see the Spirit in his cap; and begged him to be covered. "What!" exclaimed the Ghost, "Would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give? Is it not enough that you are one of those whose passions made this cap, and force me through whole trains of years to wear it low upon my brow!"
- In came a fiddler with a music-book, and went up to the lofty desk, and made an orchestra of it, and tuned like fifty stomach-aches. In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile.
- On Fezziwig
- "It matters little," she said, softly. "To you, very little. Another idol has displaced me; and if it can cheer and comfort you in time to come, as I would have tried to do, I have no just cause to grieve." "What Idol has displaced you?" he rejoined. "A golden one." "This is the even-handed dealing of the world!" he said. "There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty; and there is nothing it professes to condemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!" "You fear the world too much," she answered, gently. "All your other hopes have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of its sordid reproach. I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master-passion, Gain, engrosses you."
- "Spirit!" said Scrooge in a broken voice, "remove me from this place." "I told you these were shadows of the things that have been," said the Ghost. " That they are what they are, do not blame me!"
Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits [ edit ]
- Gentlemen of the free-and-easy sort, who plume themselves on being acquainted with a move or two, and being usually equal to the time-of-day, express the wide range of their capacity for adventure by observing that they are good for anything from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter; between which opposite extremes, no doubt, there lies a tolerably wide and comprehensive range of subjects.
- I see a vacant seat by the poor chimney corner, and a crutch without an owner...carefully preserved. If these shadows remain unaltered by the future, the child will die.
- " I am the Ghost of Christmas Present ," said the Spirit. "Look upon me!"
- "There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion , pride , ill-will , hatred , envy , bigotry , and selfishness in our name , who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."
- "God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim , the last of all.
- "Spirit," said Scrooge, with an interest he had never felt before, "tell me if Tiny Tim will live."
- It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humor.
- "They are Man’s," said the Spirit, looking down upon them. "And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!"
- "Have they no refuge or resource?" cried Scrooge. "Are there no prisons?" said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. "Are there no workhouses?" The bell struck twelve.
Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits [ edit ]
- "I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come?" said Scrooge. The Spirit answered not, but pointed onward with its hand. "You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us," Scrooge pursued. "Is that so, Spirit?" The upper portion of the garment was contracted for an instant in its folds, as if the Spirit had inclined its head. That was the only answer he received. Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy dominion! But of the loved, revered, and honoured head, thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious. It is not that the hand is heavy and will fall down when released; it is not that the heart and pulse are still; but that the hand was open, generous, and true; the heart brave, warm, and tender; and the pulse a man’s. Strike, Shadow, strike! And see his good deeds springing from the wound, to sow the world with life immortal!
- "Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point," said Scrooge, "answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be, only?"
- "Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?"
Stave 5: The End of It [ edit ]
- The bed was his own, the room was his own. Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in! "I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!" Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. "The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be praised for this! I say it on my knees, old Jacob; on my knees!" He was so fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions, that his broken voice would scarcely answer to his call. He had been sobbing violently in his conflict with the Spirit, and his face was wet with tears. "They are not torn down," cried Scrooge, folding one of his bed-curtains in his arms, "they are not torn down, rings and all. They are here — I am here — the shadows of the things that would have been, may be dispelled. They will be. I know they will! " His hands were busy with his garments all this time; turning them inside out, putting them on upside down, tearing them, mislaying them, making them parties to every kind of extravagance. "I don’t know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. " I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world. Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"
- It was a Turkey! He never could have stood upon his legs, that bird. He would have snapped 'em short off in a minute, like sticks of sealing-wax.
- "Now, I'll tell you what, my friend," said Scrooge, "I am not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. And therefore," he continued, leaping from his stool, and giving Bob such a dig in the waistcoat that he staggered back into the Tank again: "and therefore I am about to raise your salary!"
- Scroooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let then laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, the thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grims, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.
See also [ edit ]
- A Christmas Carol (1938)
- Scrooge (1951)
- Scrooged (1988)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
- A Christmas Carol : (1994)
- A Christmas Carol (2009)
External links [ edit ]
- Free eBook of A Christmas Carol at Project Gutenberg
- A Christmas Carol , HTML version.
- A Christmas Carol , read by Patrick Stewart.
- Charles Dickens books
- Victorian novels
- Christmas fiction
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Characters - AQA The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol
Three ghosts take Scrooge through Christmases past, present and future. Characters Bob Cratchit, his son Tiny Tim, and Scrooge’s nephew Fred, all influence Scrooge in his journey of transformation.
The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol
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- Streaming with light
The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first spirit to visit Scrooge after the ghost of Marley. It arrives as the clock chimes one. It is an ephemeral close ephemeral Lasting for a short period, not consistent or solid. spirit that appears to be both old and young at the same time with light streaming from the top of its head.
It takes Scrooge to scenes from his own past, showing him visions of his own childhood, of his young adulthood and of happier times. The final scene he presents is one that Scrooge cannot bear to witness: his lost love, Belle, with her family.
Scrooge turns on the ghost and demands to be shown no more. He attempts to extinguish the ghost's light with its own cap, wrestling it to the ground. However, the light that shines from the ghost cannot be put out.
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11 Best Christmas Themed Games
W ith the holiday season and the joy and love of Christmas coming, friends and family often look for ways to celebrate together. One fun way is to play board games with Christmas themes . These games not only capture the spirit of the holiday but also provide hours of fun and socializing. Whatever your taste in games, MKoM’s best Christmas themed games list has got you covered!
This best Christmas themed games list consists of 11 games, crafted with an eye for games that balance thematic Christmas elements with engaging mechanics. Each game is evaluated for its design quality, ease of learning, and the interactive experience it offers, making sure they are not just seasonally appropriate but also genuinely enjoyable to play.
Overview of Top 10 Christmas Themed Games
Dice throne: santa v. krampus.
Dice Throne: Santa v. Krampus is a stand-alone dueling game in the Dice Throne series, designed for 2-6 players and best suited for two. The game features a fast-paced combat system where players select heroes with distinct abilities and engage in battles using a set of five dice.
The game involves accumulating combat points and spending them on cards that offer a range of effects, including hero upgrades, status effects, and dice manipulation. This edition introduces Santa and Krampus as new heroes, each with their own abilities and thematic elements, and is compatible with other Dice Throne heroes and Dice Throne Adventures.
What Makes This Game Stand Out?
Dice Throne: Santa v. Krampus distinguishes itself with its thematic integration of the Christmas spirit into a tactical combat game. The unique abilities of Santa and Krampus provide fresh gameplay experiences within the Dice Throne universe.
The game's mechanics of dice rolling and card play offer a blend of luck and strategy, appealing to both casual and experienced players. Moreover. the inclusion of variable player powers and the ability to manipulate dice and cards adds depth to the gameplay.
Ghosts of Christmas
Ghosts of Christmas is a trick-taking card game inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Designed for 3-4 players and lasting about 45 minutes, it involves competing to earn tricks across the Past, Present, and Future. Players are dealt cards from a deck featuring four different colored suits, each ranging from 1 to 12.
The game includes a scoring board, three Era Dials, ghost tiles representing the ghosts from the story, and door tokens for bidding. Players aim to win tricks and achieve their bid by playing cards in each of the three ghost eras, adjusting the Era Dials to define the suit for each era.
Ghosts of Christmas offers a unique twist on traditional trick-taking games by incorporating the theme of A Christmas Carol into its gameplay. The use of Era Dials to define the suit for each ghost era adds a strategic layer, requiring players to carefully choose where to play their strengths. The bidding system, involving purple and red door tokens, introduces a risk-reward element, as players must balance the flexibility of their bids with the potential points earned.
Additionally, Ghosts of Christmas includes three game variants - standard, Beyond Variant, and Tiny Tim Variant - catering to different play styles and making it versatile for various player groups. This thematic integration and the strategic depth of its mechanics make Ghosts of Christmas a standout choice for those seeking a novel and engaging card game experience.
Merry Grinchmas! is a cooperative board game inspired by Dr. Seuss's beloved story. Designed for 2 to 6 players aged 5 and up, it offers a playtime of about 15 minutes. In the game, players work together to collect presents and fulfill the wishes of the children in Whoville before the Grinch can interfere.
The gameplay involves gathering tokens that represent different gifts and fulfilling wish cards for the Whoville children. Players spin a spinner to move the Grinch around the board, with the Grinch performing actions such as stealing from houses or completing gift cards.
The game concludes when players complete a circle around the Christmas tree in Whoville, with victory determined by the number of stars collected on the gift wishes compared to those collected by the Grinch.
Merry Grinchmas! is unique in its cooperative gameplay, where players must work together against the Grinch. This cooperative element fosters teamwork and strategy, especially appealing for younger players. The game's focus on fulfilling wishes and collecting tokens aligns well with the holiday spirit of giving, making it an ideal choice for family game nights during the holiday season.
A Christmas Story: The Party Game
A Christmas Story: The Party Game is a family-oriented board game based on the iconic holiday movie, A Christmas Story. The game challenges players' knowledge of the film as they navigate a board filled with scenes and quotes from the movie. Suitable for 2 to 4 players, the game includes activities like trivia, and various other fun tasks. Players can choose from four high-quality 3D miniatures (Ralphie, Randy, Flick, Old Man) as their playing pieces, each intricately detailed .
This game's unique appeal lies in its deep integration with the movie's content. The trivia and activities are directly related to famous scenes and quotes from A Christmas Story, offering a nostalgic and immersive experience for fans. The game's design, with a board full of movie scenes and quotes, enhances this connection, making players feel as if they are part of the movie's world.
The Home Alone game , inspired by the 1990 movie, is a strategic card game for two players. Players choose to be either Kevin McCallister or the Wet Bandits, each with a unique deck of cards.
The game involves Kevin setting traps and decoys in various locations (Front Door, Downstairs Window, Upstairs Window) to protect the house, while the Wet Bandits attempt to overcome these defenses to steal treasures. The objective for the Wet Bandits is to amass $2000 worth of loot to win, while Kevin aims to thwart their efforts.
The Home Alone game's unique aspect is its asymmetrical gameplay, reflecting the movie's cat-and-mouse dynamic. Kevin's strategy revolves around clever placement of traps and decoys, creating a bluffing element that keeps the Wet Bandits guessing.
The Wet Bandits, on the other hand, must manage their resources carefully to disarm traps and collect loot. Special power cards in both decks add variety and strategic depth to the gameplay. The game also features a hide-and-seek aspect, where Kevin can strategically place valuable loot in hard-to-reach locations. The artwork, reminiscent of the movie's aesthetic, further immerses players in the Home Alone universe.
Late for the Sky’s Christmas-Opoly
Christmas-Opoly is a holiday-themed clone of the Monopoly game. Suitable for 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, it transforms the traditional property trading game into a Christmas celebration. Players collect Christmas-themed properties and increase their value by buying presents and trading them for Christmas trees.
The game includes a 19 x 19 game board, cards, play money, and six seasonally themed playing pieces, including a candy cane, teddy bear, and reindeer. It offers two play styles : traditional play and a one-hour version, making it adaptable for different gaming preferences and time constraints.
Christmas-Opoly stands out for its festive twist on the familiar Monopoly format. The game's unique properties, themed around Christmas, offer a seasonal variation that appeals to fans of the original game and those looking for holiday-themed entertainment. The addition of presents and Christmas trees as assets introduces a new strategic element to the property trading mechanics.
The option to play a traditional or one-hour version accommodates both longer game nights and quicker play sessions. Christmas-Opoly is an ideal choice for families and groups seeking a holiday-themed board game that combines the familiarity of Monopoly with the joy of the Christmas season.
Holly Jolly is a festive, family-friendly card game designed for 2-4 players, with a playtime of 20-30 minutes. The game revolves around a Christmas tree formed from cards, including ornaments and 3 tinsel/light cards, with additional present/stocking cards placed below the tree. Players draft tinsel or light cards to match the total point sum with an ornament or present/stocking card, aiming to collect these for points.
The game ends when one of the decks is depleted, and the player with the most points wins. The game features a vintage Christmas theme with charming artwork, making it visually appealing and thematic.
Holly Jolly stands out for its simple yet engaging gameplay, making it accessible and enjoyable for players of all ages. The game's unique mechanism of matching the sum of tinsel/light cards to claim ornaments or presents introduces a strategic element, as players must carefully choose which cards to draft.
The set collection aspect of the game, where players aim to build sets or have the most of a specific type of card, adds depth to the gameplay. The game's artwork and theme are particularly appealing, with a vintage Christmas aesthetic that enhances the festive atmosphere.
Christmas Lights is a card game designed for 2-6 players, best suited for four, and appropriate for ages 6 and up. The game, lasting 10-30 minutes, revolves around players swapping, playing, trading, and drawing Christmas Light Bulbs to complete sets of lights. The main objective is to be the first to complete two sets of lights.
The game includes a variety of bonus games suitable for all ages, offering modified rules for classics like Memory and Old Maid, as well as new original designs. The game's theme is centered around the festive activity of decorating with Christmas lights, adding a holiday spirit to the gameplay.
Christmas Lights stands out for its unique blend of memory and set collection mechanics, offering a fresh take on card games. The challenge of not knowing one's hand, similar to the game Hanabi, adds an exciting twist and requires players to rely on memory skills. This element of uncertainty and memory usage makes the game engaging and different from traditional card games.
The inclusion of bonus games using the same card set adds variety and extends the game's appeal to a wider audience, including very young gamers.
Animal Upon Animal – A Christmas Stacking Game
Animal Upon Animal: Christmas Edition is a special winter-themed edition of the classic HABA animal stacking game. This game has a playing time of around 20 minutes.
Players stack various Christmas-themed figures, such as penguins, reindeer, squirrels, Christmas tree, snow bunnies, sleds, and even stars on top of each other to form a Christmas pyramid. The task is to be the first to place all of their figures safely onto the pyramid to win this wobbly Christmas stacking game.
Animal Upon Animal: Christmas Edition stands out for its engaging and tactile gameplay, which is both fun and challenging. The stacking mechanism is simple to understand but requires strategic thinking and fine motor skills, making it educational for younger players.
The game's compact size and quick playtime make it ideal for family gatherings and holiday parties. Animal Upon Animal: Christmas Edition is a delightful choice for those seeking a festive, engaging, and family-friendly game.
Patchwork Christmas Edition
Patchwork Christmas Edition is a festive version of the popular Patchwork game, designed for two players and suitable for ages 8 and up. The game involves players selecting patches from a central pool to add to their individual quilt boards.
Each patch costs buttons (the game's currency) and moves the player's token along a time track. The goal is to create the most aesthetically pleasing and button-rich quilt. This Christmas edition features holiday-themed patches and a special Christmas tree marker, adding a seasonal twist to the classic Patchwork gameplay.
Patchwork Christmas Edition stands out for its unique combination of strategy and theme. The game retains the beloved mechanics of the original Patchwork, such as strategic patch selection and time track movement, while incorporating a charming Christmas theme. The festive patches add a visual appeal and seasonal flair, making the game an ideal choice for holiday gatherings.
The game's balance between strategic depth and accessibility makes it suitable for both experienced gamers and newcomers. The two-player format ensures a focused and competitive experience, making each game a tight contest of strategy and foresight.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol Game
Mickey’s Christmas Carol Game is a cooperative puzzle game for 1-4 players, ideal for children aged 4 and up. Published by Funko Games, it is based on the Disney adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In the game, players work together to complete puzzles that depict scenes from the story before Scrooge wakes up.
The game includes six puzzles, each with a unique scene, and special tiles that influence the gameplay. Players draw puzzle pieces from a bag, aiming to complete the puzzles in numerical order while managing the movement of Scrooge on a central clock board.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol Game stands out for its unique blend of cooperative gameplay and puzzle-solving. The game is designed to be accessible to young children, with simple mechanics that involve pattern matching and basic strategy.
The game's artwork, featuring scenes from Disney's Mickey's Christmas Carol, is visually appealing and captures the essence of the classic story. This game is an ideal choice for families looking for a thematic, engaging, and child-friendly game for the holiday season.
Selecting the best Christmas-themed board games requires a focus on games that blend thematic charm with engaging gameplay. Look for games that offer clear rules and a balanced level of challenge to accommodate various ages and gaming experiences. Consider the replay value of each game , ensuring it remains enjoyable year after year.
The key is to find games that not only celebrate the festive season but also foster interaction, strategy, and fun . This approach will help you choose games that are not just seasonal novelties but cherished elements of your holiday traditions, bringing joy and entertainment to your festive gatherings.